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What is meant by "reference period" in Eurocode reliability calculations?

What is meant by "reference period" in Eurocode reliability calculations?

What is meant by "reference period" in Eurocode reliability calculations?


Eurocode 0 gives the following table for reliability indices in reliability classes:

Eurocode 0, table B2, page 90.

The minimum value for reliability index Beta depends on the reliability class, but also on the "reference period". What is meant by this? For example, reference periods 1 year and 50 years are considered. I know in general reference periods refer in statistics to the period during which data is gathered, but I don't understand exactly how that applies here. Could somebody shed some light on this for me? Thank you!

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